Welcome to CCA Oregon | Resource-First, Science-Based Advocates

 

CCA Oregon is an advocacy group for salmon, steelhead and other Northwest marine fish species.  Our Job is to give a voice to this precious resource that cannot defend itself against harm.  Since 2007 CCA Oregon has developed into the most effective and far reaching fish advocacy organization in our state's history.

We are not just another fishing club.

We employ professional staff (lobbyist, executive director, regional fisheries director) that carry out our work while we are at our jobs.  The model of "Member Driven" issues executed by our volunteers and professional staff has shown to work here, as it has for 40 years in 18 other coastal states.  The objective of CCA is to conserve, promote and enhance the present and future availability of these marine resources for the benefit and enjoyment of the public.  CCA Oregon draws its strength from the grassroots support of thousands of state recreational anglers who make up it's membership.

Together we work at the state and national levels to represent the interests of the sports fisherman.  Local chapters and their members identify issues affecting fisheries in their areas.  CCA Oregon works to develop and maintain ample sports fishing opportunities by ensuring that our fisheries are abundant and robust.

We are politically engaged and driving vital changes in policies that will positively affect our fisheries for years to come.  By being involved in policy making, working with policy makers, and changing laws in the legislature that are vital to sustainable fisheries, CCA Oregon is fighting for your rights.   The CCA model gets results.  We have more CCA members serving on advisory committees and rulemaking boards around the state than any other group.  Our members are shaping fishery policy every day.  You can help our fisheries by joining CCA and getting engaged with your local chapter.

CCA Oregon's noteworthy accomplishments:

  • Leading organization that is driving the ban of destructive gillnetting on the mainstem lower Columbia River.
  • Established selective recreational angling as the management priority for the lower Columbia River.
  • Maintaining hatchery fish for harvest.
  • Addressing and educating the public on predation issues that include Sea Lion and Cormorants.
  • Protected the nearshore ocean fisheries from sweeping arbitrary closures.
  • Supporting local marine law enforcement
  • Initiated scientific studies e.g. hatchery impacts on wild stocks

News

Help Save the Leaburg Hatchery

The State of Oregon has an opportunity to secure the Army Corps of Engineers’ (Corps) Leaburg Hatchery on the McKenzie River.  The Corps has announced that it plans to close the hatchery this summer as it shifts the current Leaburg production (trout and steelhead) to a private contractor.  ODFW currently operates the hatchery for the Corps. The Corps has proposed a no-cost lease of the facility to ODFW, which could produce an additional 260,000 spring Chinook smolts and 100,000 trophy trout if ODFW can secure the necessary state funding.

Help the Willamette River Salmon and Steelhead

Earlier this summer ODFW released an analysis showing that ESA-listed Willamette River winter steelhead are on the brink of extinction if nothing is done to address sea lion predation below Willamette Falls. Thousands of CCA Oregon members and other conservationists have contacted the Oregon Congressional delegation in support of federal legislation to provide states and tribes new legal tools to address this serious threat. Your efforts are making a difference!

CCA Oregon Continues to Lead on Sea Lion Legislation

For years, CCA Oregon has highlighted the growing threat unnatural sea lion predation poses to Columbia River basin wild salmon and steelhead populations.  We've worked in Salem to get increased funding for ODFW to document and undertake measures to disrupt the alaming predation levels around Willamette Falls.  Understanding that these limited measures would be inadequate to reverse the problem, we've continually supported Congressional legislation to give ODFW, WDFW, and the Columbia River tribes new streamlined authorities to remove problem sea lions under the Marine Mammal Protection Act

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